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Thomas (Toenis) Arentsz, an Anabaptist martyr burned at the stake with two others 28 June 1553, at Leeuwarden in Friesland, Netherlands. He was (re)baptized, rejected the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, and believed "that all that is done in the (Catholic) church is idolatry." He persisted in his heresy, i.e., he died as a loyal member of the Mennonite church.


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Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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van der Zijpp, Nanne. "Thomas Arentsz (d. 1553)." Global Anabaptist Mennonite Encyclopedia Online. 1959. Web. 26 May 2016.

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